America’s one-man crisis

Posted by Tom Camfield

Ever the statesman, presidential (and believing himself worthy of the Nobel peace prize), Donald continues to whine, brag, lie and cajole at every opportunity. He obviously has anointed himself as a silver-tongued orator capable of mesmerizing the disgruntled and gullible, assorted bullies and racists of his own stripe, etc. Articulate and sauve in his own mind — a “stable genius.”

There are many things more of a national emergency than the immigration crisis he has concocted. But even if it is legally found to qualify as one, that's not to say that some archaic wall will do anything of consequence toward dissipating the alleged emergency. We have more serious threats to our society's health and well being — global warming/climate change (which he denies on behalf of economic gluttony by the very wealthy), guns, health care, polluted air and water (which he accommodates repeatedly via executive order).

Donald Trump lies outright when he tells us Hispanic refugees are largely vicious criminals (when factual statistics tell us otherwise). He merely clouds the issue when he says most drugs entering our country don’t come through border checkpoints. He somehow never even mentions the U. S. Coast Guard, which seizes 10 times more drugs at sea than are intercepted by highway border checks. He insinuates that tons of drugs are “pouring” into the county on the backs and in the pockets of illegals wading across the Rio Grande without drowning. He lies in many ways, direct and indirectly, all for the convenience of his personal ego, an ego run amok, drunk on power.

FOR THE RECORD — Homeland Security data reports record low illegal border crossing from Mexico.

How many people are sobbing in despair or screaming in pain in our society at any given moment, as Donald Trump’s ego, decked out in mental blinders — ignoring the desperation of millions of Americans — concentrates on the malevolent monstrosity that is his envisioned border wall? Uncompassionate treatment of asylum-seekers also merely adds to the suffering and shattered dreams of ever more innocent people.

Refugees arriving at our border seeking a safe haven deserve empathetic respect rather than being spat upon. But Donald’s wall obsession is jacked up by his flagrant racism.

The stories of the lives and hopes of these refugees are heart-rending to those who will stop and listen with a compassionate ear. Donald makes every effort to paint them all — with a broad, dismissive brush — in the public mind as murderous dope smugglers and gang members. He’s determined to get his Trump monument built.

We have hunger among us, but still we must somehow finance that wall. We have children (disproportionately black) shot to death in our streets, but who cares? Premature deaths and suicides. But don’t bother Donald with such things; we must build this wall endorsing his subjugation of us all.

HOW WILDLY CAN THE TRUMPS LIE? — Yahoo news, Feb. 12: Twitter followers piled on Donald Trump Jr. after he repeated his father’s astounding lie that only 200 to 300 people attended former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s dueling rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday night. News outlets’ estimates for attendance at O’Rourke’s rally ranged from 7,000 to 15,000. El Paso Fire Department officials said there was a capacity crowd of 6,500 in the El Paso County Coliseum, where President Donald Trump spoke, though overflow attendees outside could have raised the number as high as 10,000, reported the El Paso Times.

At one point during his speech Monday, the president boasted that 35,000 people were at his rally. He also insisted that 69,000 people wanted to get in. He said earlier that the fire department had given organizers permission to cram 10,000 people into the coliseum — which fire officials told the Times was not true.

Earlier in the evening at the president’s rally, Donald Trump Jr. said there were only “50 people” at O’Rourke’s event. But Trump Jr. said he would be willing to increase that to 200 because of fact checkers, the Times reported.

The 1967 FEDERAL NEPOTISM LAW states, ‘A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.” Where does that leave Jared Kuschner, Donald’s son-in-law? Above the law, apparently.

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Justin Hale

Tom, I'm sure that President Trump has a better handle on the S.Border situation than either of us, I'll trust his assessment over your biased Partisan opinion. You criticise President Trump's declaring a National Emergency for border security and suggest that "We have more serious threats to our society's health and well being — global warming/climate change (which he denies on behalf of economic gluttony by the very wealthy), guns, health care, polluted air and water (which he accommodates repeatedly via executive order)." FYI President Obama declared National emergencies 12 times, not one had anything to do with those issues you cite. President Clinton declared National emergencies 17 times, not one had anything to do with any of the issues you cite.

You call President Trump a "flagrant racist",, other than your personal hatred towards him, how do you justify your opinion? Because he told the truth and said that there are vicious criminals among the migrants/refugees/illegals? Because he wants to enforce our immigration laws? Isn't that one of his jobs?

Wednesday, February 20
Tom Camfield

Well, Justin, I view Donald Trump as totally dedicated to the self-assumed magnificence of his individual being. I don't intend to consider him even close to the stature of either Clinton or Obama merely on the basis of who declared how many national emergencies. Specifying those emergencies would be enlightening but of cumbersome length in remarking here. I just view Donald's "emergency" as egotistically frivolous because of his obsession with a border wall to serve as his personal memorial. His attempt to create Hispanics in the public mind as violent criminals and dope smugglers in their quest for the American Dream is beneath contempt. As for racism, here's a guy raised at his father's knee to despise Blacks who has himself since refined and expanded white supremacy. You continue to harp on what you see as my "personal hatred" of Donald Trump. "Hate" is a crude catch-all propaganda word, a dismissive sort of thing. I don't literally "hate" one thing or another. I do despise with all of my being the likes of Donald Trump..

Wednesday, February 20
Justin Hale

So Trump is an egomaniac, so what. He spends his time puffing himself up and you spend your time dragging him down, you want to play word games and call it whatever you want Tom, but in all these months of back and forth with you it's obvious to me that you hate everything about our President.

You btich about Trump not using the powers of Executive Orders the way you would prefer and yet it's OK for Obama and Clinton multiple times over.

You really have a hang-up on that wall thing, did you feel the same when previous administrations did exactly the same thing.

"His attempt to create Hispanics in the public mind as violent criminals and dope smugglers in their quest for the American Dream is beneath contempt." Are drugs coming across our S.border? Are criminals coming into our country across our S.border? Are sex-traffickers crossing our S.border? Only a fool would answer no.

Wednesday, February 20
Marge Samuelson

Really Justin! Your reverence for this man is beyond belief.

Thursday, February 21
Justin Hale

Marge, it's not reverence for Donald Trump, it's reverence and respect for the office. Unlike you and Tom in my world that's what a Patriot does. I've mentioned multiple times that Trump was not my choice for POTUS, and as the great philosopher of our times Mick Jagger said "you can't always get what you want". You and Tom and too many others in this country didn't get your way in the last Presidential election so you spend the next four years btching and moaning about our President and everything he does, and that does nothing positive for our nation... and all the while you guys accuse President Trump of dividing the country.

Thursday, February 21
Tom Camfeld

Your style's a lot like Donald's. Justin. I'm sorry, but I won't sit quietly as you attempt to simplify me as a blind "Trump-hater," something that has sort of a negative, senseless ring to it. It's the type of label Donald tries to hang on people—repeating them loudly over and over to the point that truthful reality, documentation and the finer points of argument become lost in the dust. You, like he, seem to be attempting to stereotype Hispanics as rapists, murderers, drug smugglers, sex traffickers, etc. Statistics show otherwise. On a per capital basis, violent crimes are committed at a greater rate by existing U. S. citizens. On the face of it, illegal border crossing is the only crime committed by these immigrants. There are far worse criminals infesting Wall Street.

This is all very much like the fear of and disdain for Blacks that the racists among us have long sought to instill in the public mind. In the beginning, all of the Blacks entering this country were the victims of violent crime, brought here in chains as slaves. Their descendants remain victims in many ways because of white-supremacy racism.

Thousands of individual human beings (just those that can be verified) have died in Arizona's Sonora Desert alone since 2000 in quest of the now almost-mythical "American Dream" that no longer is readily accessible. These were not all gang members, rapists, smugglers, etc., although a few may have been. But all were some mother's child, someone's sibling, etc. Many others have died undiscovered; the remains of many of those discovered never have been identified. And to Donald Trump, they are all faceless entities unworthy of real concern..

I"m also not into comparing Donald to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, neither of whom attempted to bypass or usurp the powers of Congress. He hasn't the competence or concern for the public of either of them. You never seem to mention George W. Bush, by the way.

Thursday, February 21
Fred Camfiele

Justin - for your information, national emergencies are normally declared during times of national disasters (floods, hurricanes, large fires, earthquakes) - declaring a national emergency allows the federal government to provide aid. Trump's desire to build the Great Wall of Trump is not a national emergency. Walls have never been very effective for anything - the French built the fortified Maginot Line to keep the Germans out of France, and it failed. The Romans build various walls to keep out the barbarian hordes (usually Germans) and they failed. The Great Wall of China was built to keep Mongols out of China, and it failed. Anyone who really wants to get into the country will find a way. Port Townsend was once a thriving center for illegal Chinese immigrants - it was once a cottage industry for the town. Most people in the country illegally arrived on visas. Trump's grandfather arrived before the country had any standards (other than excluding orientals), tried to go back to Germany who refused to accept him (they considered him a draft dodger), and then came back to the US again - still no standards.

Thursday, February 21
Justin Hale

"repeating them loudly over and over to the point that truthful reality, documentation and the finer points of argument become lost in the dust"..... That's exactly what you do in your Trump hating blogs Tom.

You say I'm trying to stereotype Hispanics, not at all. You are in denial of the reality that there are some bad hombres crossing our border.

"There are far worse criminals infesting Wall Street"..... Huh? Exactly what crimes were committed? You make a comment like that and then you accuse me of stereotyping.....

True, an open border is an invitation to illegals. Trump is not for an open border, neither am I, are you?

Thursday, February 21
Justin Hale

Fred, obviously you have no idea of what constitutes a "national emergency" or how that declaration has been used in previous administrations, here (https://townhall.com/tipsheet/connorveenstra/2019/02/19/the-times-obama-called-national-emergency-n2541854)

If walls are not effective then why do people put up fences?

Thursday, February 21
Tom Camfield

You appear to intentionally misspeak a lot, Justin. I cite documentation considerably in my blogs—as do major newspaper editorial staffs, letter writers and columnists. For instance the outrageous lies of Donald and his son in this current blog—regarding Donald's and Beto's rallies in El Paso. The lies are documented. Donald's continuing claim of "fake news" is just so much propagandistic hot air—the 'big lie" tactic of Hitler and Goebbels in demonizing Jews—as he doesn't bother to give any specific examples of fakery. The traditionally principled media of our Free Press continually document the source of their news stories.

We on the opinion side or the media—from the New York Times down to here at the grass roots— also draw upon reality in presenting our views on just who actually is the "enemy of the people." Having been around 90 years, voted for 69 years, spent a lifetime as a journalist including at one time publishing my own newspaper, I feel qualified to express an informed opinion. Donald would make 2 + 2 equal 5 merely by arbitrarily throwing his exalted self into the equation.

My brother Fred, by the way, has a pretty good grasp of such things as global warming from a world standpoint.

He spent 12 years as secretary-general of the International Association of the Physical Sciences of the Oceans, in which 81 nations were represented. He's been around.

Friday, February 22
Justin Hale

Truth is that most of your blogs concerning Trump are just your biased opinion, and opinions are just that.

Exhibit A:"Enemy of the people".

I'm sure Brother Fred is a smart guy, and after consulting that website he will be even smarter.

Any misspeaks in this message purely unintentional.

Friday, February 22
Tom Camfield

"Enemy of the people." Stop and consider that dismissive cop-out by Donald of everything that the Press pus forth that embarrasses him and illustrates his shallow mind. He's using the Free Press as a cop-out scapegoats upon which to transfer his own sins and being. And Justin would criticize me off-hand for handing that label right back to where it belongs. Donald is not the friend of all of us down-home, grass-roots individuals making up this nation. He's using us.

Ethical news is basically objective, and I refer to the traditional Free Press at large. You will find that stories contain both the general fatuous and unsubstantiated opinions of Donald Trump and the documented conclusions of his more-learned critics. The gut-instinct "genius" that Donald purports to be often comes out looking like a self-obsessed dunce. He tweets insult after insult in defense of his personal image, nothing really presidential. He seems to vacillate according to how he slept or what Fox's Sean Hannity said to him over the phone. The public demands more than his defamation of possible 2020 presidential candidates opposing him. He's not feeding the bulldog.

Opinion by its very definition is biased. It is not two-sided; it has various facets. The question is whether the bias is justified. That's where debate comes in. I believe my opinion is, by my alertness to what is going on around me. And by lifetime expedience, I've seen self-serving disasters such as Donald Trump come and go in various levels of public office. Occasionally along have come true altruists such as Barack Obama. I also would place our former Republican governor/senator Daniel Evans in that category. Their true concern for others has been obvious. It's laughable, pathetic and inexcusable for someone such as Donald Trump to strut in and attempt to assume anything close to the same stature.

Friday, February 22
Justin Hale

I just read in the NYT that the Times publisher M.Sulzberger told President Trump "The publisher added, “As I have repeatedly told President Trump face to face, there are mounting signs that this incendiary rhetoric is encouraging threats and violence against journalists at home and abroad.”..... If that is so then what about your comments and responsibility for your words possibly encouraging violence? comments such as "Donald Trump sits around just hoping for a murder by an illegal immigrant", "Donald’s wall obsession is jacked up by his flagrant racism", "He doesn’t seem to be concerned even with the survival of humankind.", "Enemy of the people", " Donald’s month-long partial government shutdown". I could go on, and on, and on as you do but I like that last one as a prime example of your distortions of reality. The President didn't shut down the government, I'm not sure a President has that power, the shut down was caused by the Congress not doing their job in producing a budget for the President to sign or veto for a month, then they signed a continuing resolution for two weeks when they finally presented the President with a budget that he said he wasn't pleased with but he signed it anyway.

The first ammendment gives you the freedom to write almost anything you want, but like all freedoms they come with responsibilities.

Saturday, February 23
Tom Camfield

Donald gave Congress a sort of Hobson's Choice. They could have funded continued government operations without including money for his wall, and he would have vetoed the bill. Or they could have proposed a bill funding the wall and failed to get enough votes for passage. As he said before he shut-down, he would be proud to claim ownership of it. The Senate was sort of a mugwump. its mug on one side of the fence and its rump on the other—between a rock and a hard place.

Meanwhile, some have pointed out that he didn't push for the funding bill while still controlling both houses of Congress, so that he could blame the impasse on Democrats after the November mid-term elation. However, the House still remained in Republican hands until the new Democratic members were sworn in January 3. Republicans thus had from April 15 until January to deal with budgeting.

As for my criticism of Donald inciting violence, that's pretty laughable. Urging harm to the president actually would be a federal crime and I would never be baited into doing that. And it's Donald to I who is pandering white-supremacists, other racists and such sorts who actually are at the ready to do violence. I did not see "good people" among the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville, am not soft on the KKK, am not in bed with the NRA on the matter of gun control, am not a hero of brutish misogynists. It is Donald, not I, who appeals to sociopaths more in tune with his own character—which appears to have no room for compassions and empathy. He seems to think altruism is some sort of social disease.

Yes, Sulzberger had a lot to say to Donald, such as:"In demonizing the free press as the enemy, simply for performing its role of asking difficult questions and bringing uncomfortable information to light, President Trump is retreating from a distinctly American principle. It's a principle that previous occupants of the Oval Office fiercely defended regardless of their politics, party affiliation or complaints about how they were covered."

Saturday, February 23
Justin Hale

The fact is that the Congress did nothing for almost a month causing the shut down, and yet you and the biased MSM want the Citizens to believe it was all Trumps fault. As you said "the House still remained in Republican hands until the new Democratic members were sworn in January 3. Republicans thus had from April 15 until January to deal with budgeting." So it was the Congress that caused the shut down.

Good that you understand that "Urging harm to the president" is a serious matter. The hate speech that you indulge in is another matter. You say that Trump by his words is pandering to those elements that could turn to violence, tell me how that is any different than your hate filled blogs against the President.

Trump doesn't demonize the free press, just the biased/lying press.

Saturday, February 23
Tom Camfield

You've crossed the line into the ridiculous with your cherry-picking, Justin.

Donald with his greedy little ego, yells "fake news" and describes press freedom as a threat to the American public—apparently uncaring about the real-life effects of his lazy mentality. Around the world, and even occasionally here domestically, journalists are killed outright. Violent minds with limited intelligence are driven by the inability to reasonably debate the truth. The truth that has been presented by the free press and free speech since long before Donald's own self-exalted presence stomped onto the scene.

Sunday, February 24
Justin Hale

Here is a fresh example of fake news for you Tom. Yesterday on NBC news the newsperson said that President Trump was declaring a National Emergency as a way to bypass Congress. True or false Tom?

Tuesday, February 26
Tom Camfield

I don't watch ABC, so first off I"d like to know if the speaker covers a news beat as a reporter—was actually a "newsperson" or was speaking from the opinion side as a regular news analyst. Sean Hannity of Fox News, for instant insists he is something other than a news reporter, in defense of his obvious bias. I forget now just what he claims to be, but much of the public views him as a truly "fake" reporter/"newsperson" and regular confidant of Duplicitous Donald. Ruth Limbaugh on radio also is not reporting unbiased news, or are syndicated columnists (both conservative and liberal) who appear on the editorial and op-ed pages of major newspapers. They are presenting their personal analysis of the news that has come their way

So in my mind. I see as news the fact that Trump has declared a national emergency. It's a fact that the Congress is authorized to budget federal spending. It's news that Congress has not budget funding for Donalds wall. On the face of it then, it appears to many of us that Donald has gone to plan B and is attempting to usurp the power of Congress to allocate funding on his own. Whether his "emergency" is real, imaginary or just convenient to is agenda, is beside he point. The news informs us what's gong on and we form our opinions on WHY it's going on. And probability factors in pretty largely there, considering Donald's past history.

There's the old saw about the news being "Who, what, where and when." But is it really "Who, what, whee, when and why"?

Tuesday, February 26
Justin Hale

It was NBC radio news, a newsreader, I didn't take notes, I was driving.

Fact is the POTUS cannot "bypass" Congresses control of the purse. As we are seeing today the Democrat-controlled House has a resolution that would void the Presidents declaration of National emergency, if the Senate approves it the President can veto the resolution and that veto can be overrode by a two thirds vote of the Congress. So what this "newsperson" said was just a flat out lie, aka. fake news.

" it appears to many of us that Donald has gone to plan B and is attempting to usurp the power of Congress to allocate funding on his own".....Aided by the biased MSM spreading false information.

Tuesday, February 26
Tom Camfield

I fail to see lying anywhere along the way by the press. By Donald, "yes" on a daily basis. Spin it as you please. I'm moving on, as this distraction has been beaten to death.

Wednesday, February 27